Good afternoon my lovely students!
Today we are going to continue our discussion on literary devices. We have already established what literary devices are. As a means of a reminder, let us remind ourselves.
A Literary device is a technique a writer uses to produce a special effect in their writing.
Now that we have been refreshed on the meaning of a literary device, it is now time for us to get to the meat of the matter.
Have you ever seen an object, a person or have been to a place that is similar to something else you have seen or somewhere else you have been before? Did it ever occur to you that when you express these observations, there was a name for it? Yes, that name is simile.
What is a simile?
A simile is a figure of speech that makes a comparison, showing similarities between two different things using the words "like" or "as". For example, "He is as brave as a lion".
Upon seeing an example of simile, I know most of you started to reflect and probably recall instances when you used similes and did not realize. For example, when you and one of your siblings were in a disagreement, you said "Yuh see yuh head how it big like breadfruit!". Yes, that is an example of simile too.
So, I know that some of you students are probably saying "What is the point of similes and why do I have to learn about?", but they are very useful especially when writing. Below you will see a list of the importance of similes in out everyday speech and when writing.
- They colour language in a descriptive, enjoyable and creative way.
- They strengthen the comparison being made.
- They stir up associated emotions create new connections and emphasize certain characteristics in a way that is stronger than a literal description.
Now that you can see how how similes add "spice" to our language, come on and let us learn how to use them effectively.